Enlisted Corps Spotlight for October

By U.S. Strategic Command Public Affairs | U.S. Strategic Command | Oct. 1, 2018

OFFUTT AIR FORCE BASE, Neb. —

Tech. Sgt. Edward Whittle Jr., Airborne Command Post nuclear command and control operator for the global operations directorate, hails from Ewing, New Jersey, and has nine years of military service.

 

Q: How does your job support USSTRATCOM and our missions?

 

A: As an Airborne Command Post nuclear command and control operator I track the status of our strategic weapons.

 

Q: What do you find most rewarding about your work at USSTRATCOM?

 

A: I love the collaborative environment of USSTRATCOM, everyone shares the same vision and is dedicated to the mission. Onboard the Airborne Command Post, I provide the Airborne Emergency Action Officer with data to help make quick decisions, which in turn protects our family and friends throughout the world. I work more effectively the more I learn about everyone’s role and how it connects to what I do. 

 

Q: What has been a challenge for you regarding your work at USSTRATCOM and how have you overcome that challenge?

 

A: When things are moving fast paced sometimes you only have one shot to get it right. If I hadn’t missed a few marks in the past, I would not push as hard to get things right as I do now.

 

Q: What has been your most memorable experience in the military?

 

A: My deployment to Incirlik Air Base, Turkey, during the Turkish military coup will always be my most memorable experience in the military. This was the first time I felt like I played a true part in the mission. The commander and deputy officer had a strategic way of thinking that I’ve never witnessed before. Moreover, my leadership pushed me beyond my limits and through their expectations I was able to grow into the Airman I am today. I will always look back on that deployment and remember the mission will always advance, no matter the circumstances.

 

Q: What is the one piece of information or advice about working at USSTRATCOM that you'd pass on to new members of the USSTRATCOM team?

 

A: Absorb all of the history, joint uniqueness, and knowledge from all the great leaders around you. There are so many training, learning, and leadership opportunities to choose from.